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SAN DIEGO (Feb. 2, 2018) Operations Specialist 2nd Class Jesse Soto holds his newborn child for the first time during the homecoming of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is returning from a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Pacific region routinely for more than 70 years promoting peace and security. U.S. Navy Photo by MC2 Jesse Monford

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 2, 2018) Operations Specialist 2nd Class Jesse Soto holds his newborn child for the first time during the homecoming of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is returning from a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Pacific region routinely for more than 70 years promoting peace and security. U.S. Navy Photo by MC2 Jesse Monford
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March 2018 E4-E6 Advancement cycle
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The March 2018 Navy-wide enlisted examinations (Cycle 239) testing dates for active duty, full time support and canvasser recruiter Sailors who are advancement eligible to the paygrades of E4-E6 have been announced in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 252/17, released Oct. 18. More...

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The Marine Corps Program Executive Officer Land Systems is expected to deliver 144 Utility Task Vehicles to the regiment-level starting in February 2017. The rugged all-terrain vehicle can carry up to four Marines or be converted to haul 1,500 pounds of supplies. With minimal armor and size, the UTV can quickly haul extra ammunition and provisions, or injured Marines, while preserving energy and stealth. Infantry Marines getting new vehicles
Infantry Marines receive ultralight off-road vehicles that will improve mission readiness by providing rapid logistics support in the field. Program Executive Officer Land Systems, the Corps’ acquisition arm for major land programs, delivered 144 Utility Task Vehicles to the regiment-level a mere six months from contract award. The rugged all-terrain vehicle can carry up to four Marines or be converted to haul 1,500 pounds of supplies. With minimal armor, the UTV can quickly haul extra ammunition and provisions, or injured Marines, while preserving energy and stealth.........read more

Military couple assignment policy: 5 things to know
The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more

Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app available
"Pregnancy and parenthood can be compatible with a successful military career when Service members and the Command both understand their roles and responsibilities, said Capt. Candace Eckert, director of N1 Diversity. "This app makes that task easier by identifying regulations, instructions and references from a wide variety of sources and offering them in one easy-to-use app. The app includes information regarding assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and much more." ......read more

Separation policy update
To protect Sailors and Marines suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any other diagnosed mental health condition, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has made his department the first in the military to assure such conditions are considered before separating a service member. ......read more

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Navy installations and commands exercise force protection
From Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy installations within the continental United States (CONUS) will conduct Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 Jan. 29 - Feb. 9.
Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 is a two-part anti-terrorism force protection exercise conducted by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) in conjunction with Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) on all CONUS Navy installations.
Citadel Shield is a Field Training Exercise led by CNIC from Jan. 29 - Feb. 4. Solid Curtain is a Command Post Exercise portion co-led by USFFC and CNIC from Feb. 5-9.
This annual exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy Security Forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners. This exercise is a regularly-scheduled exercise and is not in response to any specific threat.
Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 is of vital importance to our ability to execute the Navy's mission in support of homeland defense and to protect our people, equipment and facilities in situations that pose a significant and immediate threat.
Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions within local communities and base operations but there may be times when the exercise causes increased base traffic or delays in base access. Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders to minimize any inconveniences.
Navy Installations Command's 53,000 military and civilian employees provide infrastructure management, base operations and fleet and family support to 71 installations around the world.

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Navy asks for feedback through Personal and Professional Choices Survey
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Jan. 12, that is it soliciting feedback from Sailors through the biennial Personal and Professional Choices Survey set to open Jan. 17.
This secretary of the Navy-directed survey collects data and comments from Sailors across the Fleet to gauge the present-day impact of Navy policies on Sailors and their families. The survey touches on a wide variety of issues, including career development, work-life balance, adoption leave and family planning.
The 2018 iteration of the survey is scheduled to begin Jan. 17, and close Feb. 23. The survey will be sent to 80,000 randomly selected active-duty Sailors. Notification emails will be sent to participants from the survey platform Max.gov, urging Sailors to use this opportunity to provide their feedback to the Navy. Although participation is anonymous and completely voluntary, Navy leadership strongly encourages the selected Sailors to participate.
Results from previous surveys are available at www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/inclusion/Pages/Resources.aspx.
The 2018 survey results are expected to be released in August and will be posted on Navy's Inclusion and Diversity website.
Questions on the survey may be addressed to the Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OPNAV N1D) at ALTN_N1D@navy.mil.

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NEXCOM announces early rollout of Type III uniform to all Navy regions
by Courtney Williams, NEXCOM Public Affairs Officer
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, chief executive officer, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced the conclusion of the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type III uniform rollout.
This final rollout began Monday, Jan. 8, ahead of schedule in Navy Region Northwest, Mid-Atlantic, Japan, Korea and Naval District Washington. This concludes the rollout of the Type III uniform in all NEX stores throughout all Navy Regions.
"At NEXCOM we are proud to support our deserving Sailors and families," said Bianchi. "A key part of our mission is to provide the Navy's newest uniforms to our Sailors, and so we're excited to roll out the Type III uniform earlier than originally planned."
Tom Jacobsen, NEXCOM Tidewater District vice president explained that, "NEX associates in the region are eager to assist Sailors who have any questions on the manner of wear of the Type III uniforms." Jacobsen said, "Our NEX uniform associates are subject matter experts and have all the necessary guidance to help any Sailor with concerns regarding sizing or fit. We will continue to support our Sailors to ensure they look sharp in the new Type III uniform."
Mallory, a Navy Lt., purchased her new Type III uniform at NEX Norfolk Monday morning. She said, "NEX Norfolk was fully stocked and the NEX uniform associates were incredibly helpful and pulled a variety of sizes to ensure a correct fit."
"Throughout the region we are prepared, fully stocked and ready with the Type III uniform," said Jean Bergquist, NEXCOM Northwest District vice president. "We have the greatest job and that's to serve our Sailors, so we continue to stock our shelves and assist our customers with any and all uniform matters."
In accordance with NAVADMIN214/17, individual commanding officers will determine certain items for wear at their commands, such as the color/type of boot and ballcap. On Oct. 1, 2017, Recruit Training Command Great Lakes began issuing the Type III uniform with black boots to all new recruits and by Oct. 1, 2019, the Type III uniform will be a mandatory seabag item for all Navy Sailors.
Type III uniforms will be available for purchase online at MyNavyExchange.com by the end of January.
As the NEX rolls out the Type III within each region, the legacy NWU Type I "blue camouflage" uniforms will be removed from the NEX shelves to make room for the Type III NWUs. However, Sailors will still be able to purchase Type I components by calling the NEX Uniform Support Call Center at 877-810-9030 in the continental United States and 001-877-432-1736 overseas.


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San Diego welcomes sub Annapolis

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 2, 2018) The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) arrives in her new homeport at Naval Base Point Loma. USS Annapolis is the fourth ship to be named for Annapolis, Md., site of the U.S. Naval Academy. She arrived after two years of extensive maintenance at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine and three months operating at sea. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Derek Harkins.
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 2, 2018) The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) arrives in her new homeport at Naval Base Point Loma. USS Annapolis is the fourth ship to be named for Annapolis, Md., site of the U.S. Naval Academy. She arrived after two years of extensive maintenance at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine and three months operating at sea. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Derek Harkins.


USS Anchorage at work
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 21, 2018) U.S. Navy divers assist NASA and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) recover a mock-up capsule designed to roughly simulate the size, shape, mass and center of gravity of the Orion crew module that will splash down in the Pacific Ocean following Exploration Mission-1 planned for Dec. 2019. Anchorage was underway to support NASA's Underway Recovery Test 6 (URT-6). U.S. Navy photo by PO1 Abe McNatt
PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 21, 2018) U.S. Navy divers assist NASA and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) recover a mock-up capsule designed to roughly simulate the size, shape, mass and center of gravity of the Orion crew module that will splash down in the Pacific Ocean following Exploration Mission-1 planned for Dec. 2019. Anchorage was underway to support NASA's Underway Recovery Test 6 (URT-6). U.S. Navy photo by PO1 Abe McNatt

Blue Angels practicing at winter home in El Centro
EL CENTRO, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2018) Blue Angels Slot Pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Nate Scott, taxis onto the flight line during a winter training flight at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform more than 60 demonstrations at more than 30 locations across the U.S. in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ian Cotte
EL CENTRO, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2018) Blue Angels Slot Pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Nate Scott, taxis onto the flight line during a winter training flight at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform more than 60 demonstrations at more than 30 locations across the U.S. in 2018. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Ian Cotte

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United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at utr@usosandiego.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.

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